Commitment Tracker: Here are the latest athletes ready to join the Cru

Editor’s Note: Above image courtesy of and provided by the UMHB Athletics Department.

BELTON, Texas- With the fall signing days having been completed, the focus is now on the spring, when at least a dozen football players, as well as multiple athletes in other sports, with sign with the Cru. However, recruiting never takes a day off, as any coach will tell you, and this is the only place that you will find the most up-to-date UMHB recruiting information. the latest athletes who have “committed” to join the Cru. Our commitment tracker covers the athletes that have “committed” to join the Cru as well as those who “decommit” from UMHB, allowing you to stay engaged with the future of Crusader athletics.

It is important to note that at the division three level, athletes do not sign “Letters of Intent” but do confirm their commitments to the school of their choice in a celebratory signing ceremony.

Make sure to check back periodically, as this article will be updated with the latest UMHB signees. commits and decommits.

Tanner Bowman

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Uvalde, Texas/Uvalde High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 21, 2021

Bowman adds to an already stellar incoming wide receivers unit, as the tall and lean 6’3, 190 lb wideout runs a 4.5-second 40 yard dash and has excellent hands. Watching his play this past fall, even against talented defenses such as Lampasas and Boerne, Bowman still found ways to get open, lining up on the outside, in the slot and even a couple of times at tight end. One thing that really sticks out on film is his tremendous ability to pull down passes in the red zone, often in tight coverage.

Bowman was offered by the Cru on Feb. 1 of this year, and received a multitude of other offers, including a D1 offer from UC Davis. He also had offers from ASC foes Texas Lutheran, and Howard Payne.

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Jaeden Johnson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Prarie View, Texas/Rosehill Christian School

Commitment Date: Feb. 18, 2021

The UMHB coaching staff has already received commitments from several spectacular offensive linemen in the Class of 2021, and Johnson is certainly one to add to that list. Playing guard for Rosehill Christian this past fall, the 6’2, 270 lb Johnson paved the way for the team’s average of 165.1 rushing yards per game. On running plays, he jumps forward as soon as the ball is snapped, and often has an opposing defensive lineman on the ground before the running back even takes the ball. As a pass blocker, it is obvious he has tremendous awareness and quickness, and could be competing for playing time as early as his freshman year.

It is unknown when UMHB offered Johnson, but he did visit the university on Feb. 1 of this year. He also had strong interest and an offer from D3 Wisconsin Lutheran, NAIA Culver-Stockton College, and D3 Albright College.

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Quddus Ogunbase

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: San Marcos, Texas/ San Marcos High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 6, 2021

It is not a surprise that quarterbacks tried not to throw in the direction of the 5’11, 175 lb Ogunbase this fall, as the cornerback has tremendous quickness and solid footwork. He totaled 17 solo tackles and pulled in two interceptions for 84 yards as a senior.

A highly-touted defensive back, Ogunbase also received offers from Iowa Wesleyan, McMurry, Texas Wesleyan, and Bates College.

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Keegan Pugh

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Seguin, Texas/ Navarro High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 3, 2021

A 6’9, 225 lb post player, Pugh has a ton of upside as he gets set to join Clif Carroll’s program next season. Known to be the first UMHB men’s hoops commit in the class of 2021, Pugh is a post player with tremendous footwork who is hard to stop on offense and uses his height to dominate on the boards on both ends of the floor. UMHB offered him back on Sept. 6, 2020 and the University of Dallas offered on Sept. 16, 2020.

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Logan Arnold

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2021

Arnold is the third Vandegrift football player to commit to UMHB in the class of 2021, as the defensive back brings a great ability to read opposing quarterbacks and get his hands on the football. He tallied 58 solo tackles this past season, while pulling down two interceptions. He also blocked a punt, recovered a fumble and broke up seven passes.

A highly-sought after recruit, he had offers from division one programs in Campbell University, Abilene Christian, and Valparaiso University. ASC rivals were also pursuing him, as Southwestern, Sul Ross State, and McMurry offered the 5’11, 180 lb DB.

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Alejandro Garica

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Bossier City, Louisiana/Airline High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2021

Garcia is a quarterback who may be small in stature but can make big plays. The 6’0, 185 lb signal caller has demonstrated a unique ability to throw on the run, and has quite an arm too. He brings a dual-threat ability to Belton, as he can tear it up running the ball, with quick speed and elusiveness. This past fall, he was named All-District MVP, and also earned the title of All-City Offensive Player of the Year.

UMHB offered Garcia on Sept. 3. Based on his Twitter profile, he had interest from division one programs in Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State, though it is unknown if either gave him an offer.

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Joe Elder

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Dallas, Texas/ Dallas Skyline High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Elder, a defensive tackle, does it all, as he broke through opposing offensive lines more than once this fall, logging eight sacks. Using lateral quickness to his advantage, he breaks away from blocks in order to tackle the ball carrier midstride, or put pressure on the quarterback.

Elder had offers from ASC rival Howard Payne, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Hendrix College, East Central University, as well as UMHB, who offered on Sept. 16.

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Vontez Martin

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Killeen, Texas/ Shoemaker High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Martin, a wide receiver, uses his 6’3, 185 lb frame to go up for highly thrown passes in double coverage, and has tremendous quickness, with a 40-yard dash time of 4.50 seconds. He was one of the primary targets for Shoemaker quarterback and UMHB commit, Tyjayzeon Bell, this past fall, hauling in 14 passes for 193 yards.

Martin recently visited campus on Jan. 16, but received an offer from UMHB on Dec. 15. He also had offers from McMurry, the University of Saint Mary, and Methodist University.

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Braden Gunn

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cleburne, Texas/ Cleburne High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Gunn, a phenomenal safety who caused havoc for opposing offenses this past fall, logged five interceptions, forced two fumbles, recovered three, and broke up 16 passes. He plays with a level of aggressiveness and effort that every coach wants to see, and has plenty of speed to go along with it. It is likely that the Cru may use Gunn in the return game at some point, as he saw action as Cleburne’s kick returner this past season.

The class of 2021 commit received a D2 offer from Southern Nazarene University, offers from ASC foes Hardin-Simmons, McMurry, Sul Ross State, and Southwestern, as well as Austin College, McPherson College, and Hendrix College. UMHB offered Gunn on Jan. 25.

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Jacob Fields.

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Fields, a standout running back, has an excellent ability to find his way through the line and out into the open field for large gains. Often scoring on draw plays or pitches, the 5’8, 195 lb back runs with strength, and can block well on passing plays too.

He picked up an offer from UMHB back on Sept. 16, and made his visit to Belton on Jan. 16. It is unknown if he received any other offers.

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DeMarea Turner

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Arlington, Texas/ Arlington High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Turner, who was primarily a safety for Arlington, possesses excellent speed in secondary and a knack for knowing where the ball is going to be thrown. Opposing quarterbacks did not often try to throw the ball in his direction, but when they did, Turner answered. Though certain teams may feel that they have a matchup advantage, considering Turner is just 5’9, 170 lbs, he has proven he can cover anyone and everyone and has a hard-hitting ability found in few defensive backs.

It did not take him long to decide to play at UMHB, at the Cru offered him on Jan. 23. McPherson College, Finlandia University, Miliken University, and Carthage College all gave Turner offers.

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Zachary Wilkinson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cypress, Texas/ Bridgeland High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Offensive line coach Bill Bleil will have a very solid group of freshmen this upcoming season, as five offensive linemen from the class of 2021 have committed to UMHB so far. Wilkinson is part of that stellar group, as the offensive tackle/guard excelled for Bridgeland this past fall. His strength and footwork work in unison as both a run and pass blocker. He brings an inside presence to the Cru O-Line, though he has the ability to suit up at tackle as well.

A standout student, Wilkinson has earned two academic scholarships to UMHB, and is just as strong in the classroom as he is on the gridiron.

Whittier College did offer Wilkinson, as did UMHB, though it is unknown on what day he received that offer from the Cru.

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Lyndon Rangel

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Elgin, Texas/ Elgin High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Rangel, a 6’0, 180 lb two-way player, stepped up in a big way for Elgin this past fall, taking snaps at quarterback, running back, receiver, and safety, while also doubling as the team’s kick returner. As a senior this past season, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry at running back, scoring seven touchdowns, while also pulling in two interceptions and blocking a punt. Rangel makes defenders miss when running with the ball, and is especially dangerous in the open field, as he makes quick cuts to go along with tremendous speed.

He made his visit to UMHB on Jan. 17 but was offered on Nov. 20. He also had offers from D2 Southeastern Oklahoma State, Howard Payne, and Trinity International University.

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Zay Woods

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Carthage, Texas/Carthage High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Woods, who played both sides of the ball this fall for Carthage, seeing significant time as both a wide receiver and cornerback, brings a high level of agility and speed to Belton. It is currently unknown as to whether he’ll be used on offense or defense at UMHB. He pulled in five passes in 14 games, scoring two touchdowns as a senior this past season.

UMHB was his third offer, as the Cru offered Jan. 18 of this year. His other two offers came from ASC rivals ETBU and Louisiana College.

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Caedmon Carter

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Trophy Club, Texas/ Grapevine Faith Christian School

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Carter brings a high level of versatility to Belton as he has seen time on both sides of the ball for Grapevine Faith, though he was primarily an offensive lineman this past fall. As a guard on the O-Line, he has exceptional strength, especially as a run blocker, though he also protects the quarterback well on passing plays too. He started at right guard for much of his senior season, and figures to compete for playing time early, with good footwork and a 6’3, 265 lb frame.

It took Carter hardly anytime to make his decision, as he visited UMHB this past Saturday and committed on Monday, though the Cru offered him back on Sept. 7. The highly sought-after north Texas product also had offers from Mount Marty University, Trinity International University, and get this, Drake University, a division one FCS program. Abilene Christian, another FCS program, gave him a Preferred Walk-On (PWO) offer.

In addition, the guard was also invited to participate in the Offense-Defense All American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 26-29 in Arlington.

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Jaden Basham

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2021

A slotback in the class of 2021, Basham brings a level of versatility to the UMHB offense, with extraordinary speed as a route-runner. This past fall as a senior, the 5’8, 165 lb speedster pulled in 19 passes for 100 yards. He also served as the Indians’ kick returner.

Watching his film, it is not hard to see why offensive coordinator Stephen Lee offered Basham. His agility will allow the UMHB coaching staff to use him in a variety of ways, whether that be on offense or special teams.

In addition to the offer he received from the Cru, Basham also picked up offers from Hendrix College, McPherson College, Lyon College, and Southwestern University. Southwestern, one of UMHB’s ASC foes, was the first to offer Basham.

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Mason Young

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Katy, Texas/Tompkins High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2020

Young, an outside linebacker, possesses excellent speed that will earn him opportunities early on in his collegiate career. With great agility and strength, he is the type of player who tackles hard, and is likely to force fumbles, block field goals and get past the offensive line to the quarterback. The 5’11, 210 lb defender helped Tompkins to a 10-1 record this past fall, playing five games and tallying 24 tackles, 13 of those solo, and one fumble recovery.

In addition to the offer he received from UMHB, which came on Dec. 9, 2020, Young was also offered by Hardin-Simmons a day later. Wayland Baptist offered him first, as the NAIA program made it official on Nov. 16.

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Tyjayzeon Bell

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Killeen, Texas/ Shoemaker High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 19, 2021

The District 12-6A Co-Offensive MVP, Bell is a versatile player who has seen time at both quarterback and wide receiver while starring for the Gray Wolves. With a 40-yard dash time of 4.83 seconds, he would fit perfectly into the Cru offense at either of the two positions, though he spent almost all of his time behind center this fall, throwing for 1,714 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He was also effective running the football, as he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns on the ground. He is an exciting player to watch with a dual-threat ability that should allow him to compete for playing time as early as his freshman year.

Breland Mungia

Sport: Women’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/ Cedar Park High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 9, 2021

Mungia is yet another addition to the 2021 signing class, and the third commitment in 2021 for head coach Barry Elkins’ program. The midfielder has the capability to compete for early playing time after extensive experience playing for a competitive Cedar Park squad and multiple travel teams. Last spring, as a junior, she earned district 17-5A second team honors.

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Ricky Sweeney

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin Texas/Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 9, 2021

Sweeney, a 6’2, 240 lb defensive end out of Vandegrift High announced his commitment to UMHB on Saturday, becoming the first football commit in 2021. The high school senior is a huge plus for the Cru defense, as he was named District 25-6A Defensive Lineman of the Year this fall, starring for the Vipers. He brings an ability to break through opposing offensive lines and put pressure on the quarterback. He will join fellow Vandegrift teammate Caleb Sanders in Belton next fall. Sweeney was a highly sought after recruit, who had offers from programs including St. Ambrose University, and Monmouth College, though UMHB was the first to accept him and offered on Oct. 4.

Blane Simmons

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: Missouri City, Texas/ Ridge Point High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 6, 2021

Simmons is a versatile player who can help the Cru in a variety of ways, as she has experience playing all three outfield positions, and the middle infield as well. A commit in the class of 2022, she is a force at the plate, showing a natural ability to hit to the opposite field as a left-handed hitter. Simmons has been on UMHB’s radar for quite a while, having attended the program’s winter camp in December of 2019.

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Anthony Dansby

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Rockdale, Texas/ Rockdale High School

Decommitment Date: Jan. 6, 2021

Dansby committed to UMHB on Christmas, but just six days after New Year’s Day, the wide receiver announced his decision to decommit on Twitter. That is not to say Dansby will not commit to UMHB at some point in the future, but he has decided to evaluate his options, with a new offer from Blinn JC having arrived on Dec. 31.

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Peyton Floyd

Sport: Women’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Dallas, Texas/Homeschool

Commitment Date: Jan. 4, 2021

The first UMHB commit in 2021, Floyd is a solid defender for D’Feeters Kicks Soccer Club. A junior this season, she has played a key role in the team’s 15 shutouts over the course of 25 matches and a No. 6 ranking in north Texas. Individually, Floyd has been included in the club’s Player of the Week three times this season. She is one of UMHB women’s soccer’s first commits in the class of 2022.

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Keagan Wolfe

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Belton, Texas/ Belton High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 22, 2020

The Belton native made the decision to stay close to home and play for head coach Mike Stawski’s program last week. Primarily an outfielder, Wolfe has also seen time on the mound and in the infield during his high school career. That versatility should increase his chances of making an impact early. As a pitcher, Wolfe brings strong velocity, registered in the mid-80s, and has a quick release. He also starred for Belton on the football field, drawing interest from a variety of programs.

Caleb Sanders

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/ Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 21, 2020

A wide receiver from the Austin area, Sanders has a natural route-running ability. This past season, he had 104 yards receiving with three touchdowns through six games, and will look to join a deep receivers unit next fall. He made his decision very quick, as he visited UMHB on Dec. 13, and committed exactly a week later, though he was offered by the Cru on Oct. 4. He also had offers from Hendrix College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Southwestern University and Trinity University.

Hayden Hopkins

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: China Spring, Texas/ China Spring High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 27, 2020

The third football commit of the week for the Cru, Hopkins is a talented offensive lineman in the class of 2021. UMHB gave Hopkins his first collegiate offer on November 23, and the China Spring standout also had offers from Texas Lutheran, Hardin-Simmons, and Iowa Wesleyan. With China Spring running a run-first offense, Hopkins has developed greatly as a blocker in the run game. He has also seen time as a center, adding to the versatility he brings to the UMHB offensive line.

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Anthony Dansby

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 25, 2020

UMHB football received a nice Christmas gift Friday as Dansby, a talented wide receiver in the class of 2021, committed to join the Cru. Standing at 6’4, 180 lbs, he has tremendous speed, and could appear early next fall in a slot receiver position. This past season as a senior, Dansby pulled in 36 passes for 665 yards and six touchdowns. He also showed his versatility, playing defense for the Tigers, totaling 44 tackles this past fall. It did not take Dansby long to make his decision, as UMHB recently offered him on December 18. He had offers from several NAIA programs such as Point University and Kansas Wesleyan and also received an invite to the All-America Classic, set to be held on January 2 in Orlando, Florida.

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Jojo Clark

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Harleton, Texas/Harleton High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 24, 2020

Christmas Eve brought a commitment from a promising tight end in Clark. He possesses an excellent route-running ability, and playing baseball through high school has increased his hand-eye coordination. Standing at 6’3, 220 lb, with strength as a blocker, Clark could also play a role in the running game once he gets to UMHB. Interesting to note is the fact that UMHB entered the picture late in Clark’s recruiting process. On October 16, the Harleton High newspaper, “The Green and Gold”, reported that Hendrix College was at the top of his list when it came to college offers. He did not make a visit to Belton until December 7.

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Kate Valle

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Frisco, Texas/ Lone Star High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 23, 2020

Valle is a talented three-point shooter who is ranked as the 46th best player in the class of 2021 out of the state of Texas by Prep Girls Hoops. A shooting guard, she could compete for significant minutes as a freshman, and has led Lone Star High to a 5-0 record this season, including a 19-point performance against Frisco Memorial.

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Trey Archer

Sport: Men’s Golf

Hometown/High School: Cleburne, Texas/ Cleburne High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 19, 2020

Archer became the second recent signee for head coach Jordan Cox’s program, as the north Texas native brings with him exceptional talent in the short game, and an ability to put the ball in hole from nearly anywhere on the green. He has posted solid results in his senior season so far, finishing on top at the Cleburne Fall Classic in late October. It marked his third top-10 finish of the fall, and heading into the spring, Archer is ready to conclude his high school career on top.

“He’s hitting his driver awesome,” Cleburne head coach Wayland White was quoted saying when asked about Archer’s performance at the Cleburne Fall Classic. “He’s getting off the tee box. And then he’s one of the best chippers and putters around. If he does miss the green, he can get up and down anywhere. His short game’s awesome. He’s been real solid.”

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Cody Coffman

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waco, Texas/ Waco Connally

Coffman, a standout offensive lineman, committed to UMHB on December 2, and made it official Wednesday. The 6’0, 290 lb senior is versatile, with the ability to play either guard or center, and is an especially good run blocker. With his size and strength, expect Coffman to make an impact early with the Cru offense.

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Avery Mercer

Sport: Beach Volleyball

Hometown/High School: Hutto, Texas/ Hutto High School

A multi-sport standout for the Hippos of Hutto High School, Mercer is one of the first signees for the fledgling beach volleyball program that will begin competition next season. A 5’8 setter, Mercer tallied 46 kills and 113 assists in her senior season this past fall.

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Grant Morgan

Sport: Golf

Hometown/High School: Georgetown, Texas/ Georgetown High School

Morgan was active on the course this past spring and summer, competing in several tournaments across the state of Texas, winning two tournaments, including the Horseshoe Bay-Slick Rock tournament, held as part of the Southern Texas PGA Junior Program. There, he set himself apart the only competitor to finish under par with a -2. He has also been a key contributor for Georgetown High’s team, helping the Eagles to a recent tournament win in November with an individual performance of 159.

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